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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 9, 2012 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 As you read this... You already know who has been elected President of the United States. I, unfortunately, don't, as this column is written well in advance of Election Day. (I can only hope that my candidate of choice was elected Leader of the Free World... the one I trust to tell us the truth, keep us safe, handle man-made and natural disasters correctly, etc. Now, if my candidate didn't win, I will feel sick.., but in that case I beg of you.., don't you get sick... don't get old.., and for goodness sake, don't get pregnant!) As the world turns (the name of a popular soap opera) hap- penings in some places in the world are very troubling, indeed. For instance, this was taken directly from The World Jewish Congress Jewry Digest with asides in parenthesis by me: "While Israel and humanity deplore the internecine (mutu- ally destructive) slaughter of innocent Syrian citizens by its government, Jews and history are noting another significant loss... Jewish Aleppo appears to be gone forever. "At the crossroads of Arabia, the once flourishing Jewish community is said to be in ruins, a casualty of the country's civil war. "The northern Syrian city has undergone massive shelling, and according to reports coming from Aleppo, insurgents are saying that there might be little left intact of the beleaguered city." (For those who never heard of Aleppo, it is... or was... probably one of the largest cities in the Arab world.) "Aleppo had the distinction of being the unofficial capital of Sephardic Jewry. For millennia, it played a major role in Middle Eastern Jewish history, developing its reputation as a pinnacle of pious Jewish culture and acclaimed for educational excel- lence. Aleppo's rich emigration history saw countless Jews who lived in and passed through the once wealthy and vibrant city." The city was home to a significant Jewish population from ancient times. The Jews of Aleppo were known for their re- ligious commitment, rabbinic leadership and their liturgy. After the Spanish Inquisition, the city of Aleppo received many Sephardic Jewish immigrants, who eventually joined with the native Jewish community. Peaceful relations existed between Jews and surrounding population. In the early 20th century, the Jews lived mainly in neighbor- hoods around the Great Synagogue. Unrest in Palestine in the years preceding the establishment of Israel in 1948 resulted in growing hostility toward the Jews, and as a result of multiple attacks against them, many emigrated to Israel, the USA and elsewhere. There were, however, about 700 Jews remaining in Aleppo. But now, who knows? By the way, I am married to a Sephardic Jewish man who told me about the World Jewish Congress Jewry Digest article describing current conditions in Aleppo. Some of his ancestry emigrated from there. A terrific young man... I refer to ANDREW WEIN- STOCK, age 16, a junior at Trinity Prep in Winter Park and a member of Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom. I wrote about him last year at this time and it deserves repeating. Just prior to Hal- loween, I received this email from Andrew: "I am a junior at Trin- ity Preparatory School in Winter Park and a member of Congregation Ohev Sha- lom. I have been involved for the past three years with Andrew Weinstock a nonprofit organization called Operation Gratitude. This organization sends individual care packages to soldiers deployed in various combat zones throughout the world. The care packages include items such as hygiene products, magazines and letters of appreciation from school children as well as handmade cards and pictures. The letters build morale. These boxes also include candy collected during Halloween. The candy is used as a tool to foster community relations with local village children, and it is also given to them as 'currency' in exchange for information that frequently saves the lives of U.S. soldiers. This candy is not only a sweet treat from home, but is also given to the local village children, who in exchange tell the soldiers life-saving information about enemy troop positions, IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), and other important intelligence. The candy saves lives!" And related: I also received this flyer: "The Winter Park Fire-Rescue Department (WPFD) is once again supporting 'Operation Gratitude,' a program designed to collect candy and gifts for American servicemen and women who are currently deployed in the remote regions of Afghani- stan and other hostile regions of the world. Residents of the community are encouraged to drop off candy and letters of appreciation between now and Saturday, Nov. 10 (tomorrow), to one of the following Winter Park locations: Station 61, 343 W. Canton Ave.; Station 62,300 S. Lakemont Ave.; Station 64, 1439 Howell Branch Road; City Hall, 401 S. Park Ave.; and the Winter Park Public Library, 460 E. New England Ave. "Items will also be collected at the city's annual 'Veteran's Day Celebration' Friday, Nov. 9 (today), 9:30 a.m., at the Winter Park Community Center Ruby Ball Amphitheater, 721 W. New England Ave. "The collected items will be shipped to American service members in order to lift morale and put smiles on the faces of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines currently deployed overseas. "Since 2009, local event organizer, 16-year-old resident Andrew Weinstock, has collected almost ll,000 pounds of Halloween candy in support of'Operation Gratitude.' Last year, he collected 5,666 pounds of candy and his goal this year is to collect 6,000 pounds (three tons) with the help of the local community. Collected items will be packed at the Weinstock family home so they can be shipped to American service men and women. "For safety and security, the assembling of all packages oc- curs at the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, Calif. For more information regarding 'Operation Gratitude,' please call 407-454-0878 or email opgratitudeorlando@gmail.com." (Wow... Andrew, at the tender age of 16, has done so much good. No wonder his parents, Dr. BARRY and JODI WEINSTOCK are so proud of him. We are too!) Did I laugh?... I'm still laughing at the fabulous DAME EDNA. Ac- cording to The New Yorker Magazine, I may have been one of the last audience mem- bers to see, enjoy and LOL to Dame Edna, who appeared recently at Orlando's beauti- ful Abbey, 100 S. Eola Drive. They wrote: "Dame Edna Everage, the self-proclaimed housewife/ Dame Edna megastar, one of the most formidable comedy turns of the 20th century, is hanging up her diamont harlequin glasses, her mauve wig, and her size- 11 high heels. The news was announced yesterday in London by the 78-year-old BARRY HUMPHRIES, Dame Edna's creator and impresario, who has been purveying her gleeful brand of vindictive triumph since he invented her in the early '50s, on the back of a touring theater company's bus in Australia. After a final goodbye tour, 'Eat Pray Laugh!,' Dame Edna is going fairly quietly into her twilight years. But, from time to time, Humphries reserves the right to bring her and her closet full of outrageous frocks out for a television appearance. In the annals of joy--a very small book indeed--Dame Edna has a large chapter." One for the road... This is not a joke.., rather a true story. On a recent airline flight, a passenger was drinking a scotch and soda, and wanting a refill, asked his seatmate how to order it. She pointed to the button above... (the one that summons the flight attendants.) The passenger stood up, placed his cup under the button and pushed it! (Just like a soda machine at Burger King!) Craft Wine Stroll Hours: 11/17: 3:00p - 9:00p 11/18:1 :OOp - 5:00p Tickets: Get Your Tickets on aacwf.com $15.00 per person -In Advance $20.00 per person - Day of Event can be purchased at the following locations: ORANGE COUNTY JCC, 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland * JCC South, 11184 South Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando Kinneret, 515 South Delaney Ave., Orlando SOJC, 11200 S. 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